The wonders of Coconut oil
Coconut oil has been gaining ground as a super food or a
Probably because it offers diverse health benefits and for
the fact that it
is one of the richest sources of saturated fat, even more so
The oil has many antioxidants, antimicrobial, antibacterial
properties. It also helps in the absorption of other minerals.
Coconut oil is one the few foods that foster health and
beauty from inside
Here are 7 amazing benefits of coconut oil..
1. Boosts Immune System
Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats that make it excellent
These are antibacterial and antimicrobial commonly known
as lauric acid,
caprylic acid and capric acid. These are well known for
preventing many virus and bacteria-causing diseases like
candida, athletes foot, even cold and flu.
Coconut oil also helps in absorption of certain minerals
the immune system generally.
2. Controls Blood Sugar
Coconut oil is one oil that diabetics can eat without fear and
other benefits from. How? Unlike most saturated fats,
coconut oil is a
medium-chain fatty acid(MCFA) which is more easily
metabolized. MCFAs take
only 4 processes to get digested and absorbed compared
acid that takes about 26 steps. These MCFAs are not
usually stored in the
body as they are easily absorbed by cells to use as energy
coconut oil also help control blood sugar by improving the
insulin and more so promotes the effective utilization of
Coconut oil plays a key role in preventing as well as
3. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
As surprising as it may seem, coconut oil has been used
many years as a powerful weapon against heart disease.
researchers have recently proved that eating coconut oil
can reduce your
chances of suffering a heart attack.
The saturated fats in coconut oil not only increase the
(known as HDL) in your body but also help convert LDL
into good cholesterol. By increasing the HDLs in the body, it
heart health and lowers risk of heart disease.
4 weight loss
Eating coconut oil (fat) to burn fat may sound pretty absurd
but the fatty
acids in coconut oil has powerful effects on metabolism.
These fatty acid
(MCFA) have proven to increase how much fat you burn
especially belly fat.
Eating coconut oil increases the amount of calories burnt by
5% over 24
hours leading to weight loss over a long term. Fatty acids
in coconut oil
significantly reduces appetite and has a positive effect on
Taking 2 tablespoons of coconut oil before workout would
effectiveness of your workout.
However, consuming too much will give you extra calories
indirectly contribute to the very problem you may be trying
5. Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.
Coconut oil is a natural remedy for certain brain disorders
Alzheimer's and even epilepsy. The digestion of MCFAs by
the liver creates
ketones which are readily accessible to the brain without
the need of
insulin to process glucose into energy. As the brain of
patients has lost its ability to create its own insulin, the
the coconut oil could create an alternative source to power
brain cells and
repair brain function.
Coconut oil also improves memory and brain function
especially in older
6. Improves digestion and reduces ulcer.
Fatty acids in coconut oil eradicates harmful bacteria and
of the good bacteria in the digestive tract. Coconut oil also
plays a key
role in healing and soothing inflammed tissues along the
and could be used as a light laxative if suffering from
continuing to consume coconut oil, the digestive tract will
stability and well-being
7. Hair and skin care
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for keeping the skin
hydrated all day. Plus it has this creamy feel and smell, it is
alternative for baby lotion. Due to its antibacterial and
properties, it is very good for treating acne and baby rash. It
is best to
use at night after bath if you have to worry about oily skin.
Coconut oil also adds moisture and shine to dry and
damaged hair. When used
as hot oil treatment, it will condition your strands as well as
the hair follicles and promote faster hair growth.
Idowu Oyindamola is a medical student and writer at yourhealthdone.blogspot.com